, attached to 1996-11-02

Review by tweezer

tweezer This is my original review (typos and all) from rec.music.phish titled "West Palm Beach Crosseyed and Painless" posted November 6, 1996 at 3 am:

Hello everyone,
I have recently returned from a rather hellacious roadtrip in
which I enjoyed every second (you know the kind). Almost 3,000 miles
roundtrip from Chicago->Atlanta->Fort Meyers->West Palm Beach->Chicago.
But oh was it worth it...

I have a lot to say about Haloween but so does everyone else. I
have only seen commentary by Saul and Alan on the West Palm Beach show so
I thought I would add my own.

First of all, south Florida is just an amazing place. If you read
Saul's review, we traveled together and had a splendid time. Before the
show on Saturday we went to Sanibel and Captiva islands and went swimming
and it was truly cleansing of the soul. Staring at my computer screen on
this shitty day in the Midwest is a far cry from my weekend.

Getting on to the Phish, the Crosseyed and Painless jam was just
phenomenal. It is a very hard jam to describe since I don't have any
tapes. The jam itself lasted 25 minutes and was just bliss. Carl on
percussion adds so much to the Phish sound that it makes it so much more
dense. He is quite a treat to listen to. This jam was not like many
other long, incredible jams I've seen in the last year (12/9, 6/26, 6/14,
12/29, etc). I don't remember it having a really huge climax. It was
just raw permagroove. I felt like I was at a dance party (even though
I've never been to one ;) with the most amazing music conceivable
surrounding me. I had no choice but to dance. And the Antelope was just
spectacular. I have seen some of the greats (10/24, 12/12, 8/12) recently
and this one measured up in every sense.

And to close, two very funny moments that occured during this

1. In the middle of Waste, some drunk guy in front of my didn't yell the
usual "Trey" or "Fishman". He just yelled "PHISH" at the top of his
lungs. This was even during the beginning with just Trey singing and
playing. Wow!

and 2. During Sweet Adeline, THE CROWD STARTED CLAPPING. Try and invision
this inside of your head. I don't think I could if I hadn't witnessed it
myself. I remember people complaining about clapping during the MSG Hood.
How about Sweet Adeline???

Get this set. You will not be disappointed.


PS Palm trees...


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